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Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ See, my father, see the corner of your robe in my hand. For by the fact that I cut off the corner of your robe and did not kill you, you may know and see that there is no wrong or treason in my hands. I have not sinned against you, though you hunt my life to take it. May the Lord judge between me and you, may the Lord avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you. As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness.’ But my hand shall not be against you. After whom has the king of Israel come out? After whom do you pursue? After a dead dog! After a flea! May the Lord therefore be judge and give sentence between me and you, and see to it and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.” -1 Smuel 24:10-15 (ESV)

This is a very well known Bible story. Practically every Sunday School Class I have been a part of has covered this. Saul was going after David to kill him, but when David was given a chance to kill Saul, he refused. By this point David had already been annointed the next king of Israel and Saul was on the wrpath to kill him. To a human perspective, David had every right to kill Saul. Yet not once, but twice David has Saul in his grasp and he only takes something near to Saul to proove that he means the king no harm. When questioned why he does not kill his rival, David answers that it is not his place, nor does he have the right to harm, much less kill, the Lord’s annointed. See, even though God had rejected Saul as king, Saul was still the annointed king. This whole showdown was not about what was politically smart or pratical, it was about David honoring Saul for the sole reason that Saul was the man God had put in place as king over Isreal. More than that, David had faith in God’s timing. He knew that when the time was right for him to be on the throne, God would deal with Saul in His own way. In fact, when Saul is killed in battle, a man comes to David with the news and claims to have killed Saul himself, Ddavid kills HIM as a reward because that man had dared to raise a hand against God’s annointed.

So I ask you this, if David  could spare his worst enemy because he was the Lord’s annointed and if David could have faith in God’s timing, could you?

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